Former WWE Superstar Gangrel was recently a guest on E&C's Pod Of Awesomeness. He spoke about what WWE thought of Edge early on.
Apparently, WWE brass always viewed Edge as a future world champion, and Gangrel shared that The Brood was meant as a vehicle for E&C.
"It was really only supposed to be a shuttle for [Edge and Christian]. they came to me and said, 'Edge', they told me they were going to put the belt on [Edge] in the future. They clearly told me that. They pulled me aside and said, 'hey, this guy's a future champion' and all that. They knew. I don't know if [Edge] knew. They made clear for me to know not to let anything happen to [Edge]. Like, 'take care of these guys and make sure nothing happens. Just make sure everything's cool there.' And I was cool with that station in life. The Brood thing wasn't supposed to be anything, but then it started gaining momentum and it was unstoppable. It was kind of like a wildfire."